Recognizing the Heroes of Scouting!

Each council in the nation is authorized to recognize several exceptional Scouting volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level.

If you know of a council level volunteer who has improved your Scouting experience; here’s your chance to say thank you.  Submit a nomination today!

Silver Beaver Award Nomination Form

Deadline for nominations is December 14th.

Klondike Derby – January 25-27, 2019

Klondike Derby January 25-27 2019

Just before the turn of the last century, gold prospectors traveled the sub-zero reaches of Alaska by means of dogs and sleds. They camped out in all kinds of winter weather, and therefore needed adequate survival skills, which they learned from the native Eskimos.

Who: All Boy Scout Troops

What: Klondike Derby

Where: MVSR

When: Jan 25-26-27 (check in Friday 5-7pm)

Cost: $20 per youth, $10 per Adult

What to bring: Sleds, cold weather gear, fun, one 16 oz can of soup per attendee (no “cream of” soups),  every patrol must bring at least 2 auction items for Saturday Night

 

Register now!

Coming Soon: the new River Trails district

On Thursday, November 15th, at a special meeting of the Council, a resolution was passed agreeing to accept approximately 25 units and 500 youth from the Allohak Council into the Muskingum Valley Council.  One final vote, scheduled for November 29th, will dissolve the Allohak Council and make the transfer official effective January 1st.  This historic resolution will bring new faces, new ideas, and new opportunities.  We live in exciting times!

The units come from Washington County, OH, Pleasants County, WV, and Williamstown West Virginia.  With the addition of this territory, the Muskingum Valley Council is finally complete.  We now cover the entire Muskingum Valley from the Walhonding and Tuscarawas rivers to their confluence in Coshocton, where they combine to form the Muskingum River, all the way to the mouth of the river in Marietta.

The new territory will join with the Forest Trails District to form the new River Trails district.  The leaders of both areas have already been meeting to plan the future of their new district.  The new River Trails district will be approximately the same size as the Arrowhead, and Zane Trace Districts.  District Executive Amanda Wisniewski is already busy getting to know the new units and leadership.

In the past 6 months, as I have met with the representatives of Scouting in Washington County, I have discovered incredible resilience, and an unstoppable passion for the program.  I am convinced this addition will be very positive for our council and the new units, leaders and families that are joining us.  We will be stronger, and better able to serve families throughout the council.  Please join me in welcoming these new leaders and families!

Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive

BSA has served Muskingum Valley youth for 100 years!

Thanks to the many Scouting families who came out to help us commemorate the beginning of our 100th year of service!  Think of that…100 years ago, folks were driving Model T’s and watching black-and-white Charlie Chaplin movies at the theater.  Today we drive SUV’s and F-150’s and we stream movies on our cell-phones!  Times have changed but one thing has remained constant: the Scout Oath and Law.

For the past 100 years, incredible volunteers have delivered the programs of Scouting and taught the meaning of the Oath and Law to thousands of youth right here in the Muskingum Valley.  Thank you for your role continuing this legacy!  And thank you for the privilege of serving you in this great Council!

Coming Order of the Arrow Membership Changes

Last week the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program.

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

Our commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.

We anticipate that you may have some questions. Please be sure to read the FAQ section below. We will have more information at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which will be held July 30 – August 4, 2018, and we will continue to release additional information as it becomes available in order to assist our lodges with implementation.

We look forward to sharing what the OA has to offer with more young people and appreciate your support of this exciting new direction.

FAQs

Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts?

Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

Q. Can I be elected into the OA if I am over the age of 18?

Yes. As long as you are under the age of 21 at the time the election is held. If you are over 21, you will need to go through the adult selection process.

Q. Will there be any opportunities for Venturers to learn more about the OA and Venturing?

Yes. We will provide high-level information and the opportunity to gather feedback from youth Venturing participants at VenturingFest 2018, which will be held July 1-6, 2018.

Q. When will the OA literature be updated to reflect these changes?

We are planning that all literature will be updated by Summer of 2019.

Q. Will we still be able to wear lodge flaps on any female uniforms that may be created?

Yes. We continue to work with BSA National Supply to help ensure that the current OA lodge flap shape and size will be accommodated.